I got in a rut with snack time. Mostly, I was rotating goldfish, raisins and some form of dry cereal. Sometimes, I’d get really crazy and combine all three in a sort of party mix.
Then my friend Meghan showed me how make popcorn, and we are big fans of how cheap, easy and healthy it is. We often have popcorn parties when we get together.
Cheap – I buy organic popcorn kernels from the bulk bins for super cheap, and even just a pound ($1.69) can last a long time. A bag of microwave popcorn (nonorganic) runs around 54 cents, but I can make the same amount for 33 cents. That’s over a 40% savings. Easy – Once I got the process down, it only takes me six minutes and not much effort to have popcorn in our bowls. Healthy – Popcorn is a whole grain, and has fiber, protein and antioxidants. By making it myself instead of using a microwave bag, I’m saving a lot of fat and calories and skipping ingredients like hydrogenated oils, artificial flavorings and too much salt. And by buying organic, I’m avoiding GMO corn.
And did I mention it’s just fun? Hannah loves to help listen for the pops. She and Cody can put down a lot of popcorn. We usually just make it with a little salt, no butter.
- 1 T. canola oil
- 1/4 c. popcorn kernels
- salt (optional)
- melted butter (optional)
Put oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add four kernels to oil. When all four kernels have popped, you know the oil is a good temperature. Add the rest of the kernels and some salt if desired. Put the lid on the pot and shake vigorously (holding lid on) so that kernels are coated evenly in oil. Put back on heat. Shake every 10-15 seconds to keep kernels from burning. When pops have slowed to 1 every 5 seconds, turn off heat. Add melted butter if desired and shake again. Ready to eat!